NEW Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint BOLT-ACTION Rifle
Adam Scepaniak 09.29.20
Springfield Armory continually never ceases to produce new and innovative products year after year. Many of those new firearms we have seen in the past fell into previous categories Springfield Armory was already strong competitors in, but this is something no one saw coming – their 1st BOLT-ACTION rifle! The newly unveiled Model 2020 Waypoint is not a gentle dipping of the toe into the water for bolt-action rifles; it is cannon ball effort. To take on a vast market like bolt rifles it definitely needed to be. From front-to-back, top-to-bottom it looks premium all the way around.
- 3 Axis Adjustable Cheek Comb (Optional)
- 1″ Rubber Pachmayr Decelerator Recoil Pad
- Fluted, Nitrided Coated Bolt
- Model 2020 Action
- Custom Painted Camo in Evergreen or Ridgeline
- Adjustable Triggertech Trigger
“Springfield Armory® has a storied history of building fine firearms for defense and competition. Now, our skilled gun makers set their sights on their next pursuit – the all new Model 2020 family of premium American-made bolt action hunting rifles.
The first in this new family of rifles is the Model 2020 Waypoint™. Proudly made in the USA and built around the Model 2020 action the Waypoint features a premium, hand-painted, carbon fiber stock and the option of a steel or carbon fiber barrel each boasting a .75 MOA accuracy guarantee. Available in 6mm CM, 6.5 CM, .308 Win. and 6.5 PRC each Model 2020 Waypoint is built to deliver the accuracy and performance you should demand from a custom grade rifle.“
- AICS Pattern Magazine
- Picatinny Rail with 2 Recoil Pins
- Cerakote Finished Action and Barrel
- AG Composites Carbon Fiber Stock w/ 5 QD Mounts
- BSF Jacketed Carbon Fiber Barrel w/ 5/8″ x 24 T.P.I. (Thread per Inch)
- Springfield Armory (SA) Muzzle Brake (Removable)
Less Talk, More Action – Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint
The foundation for a good rifle begins in the action. It is where all of the (no pun intended) action occurs. Your barrel is affixed to the action. You are manipulating the bolt through the action with each shot fired. Your magazine is loaded through your bottom metal into the action. Your optics are mated atop the action. Everything of importance occurs in, about, on, or around the action. That is why it is important that rifle companies take so much care in constructing a well-crafted action. Springfield Armory definitely did so with theirs.
“Accuracy and performance begin with the all new Model 2020 action. Precision manufactured from premium materials, each Model 2020 action is the foundation for success and is designed to take advantage of today’s most advanced production techniques. Dual locking lugs on the fluted bolt run smoothly down EDM raceways for perfect, repeatable engagement while an optimized extraction cam provides robust, reliable extraction in any condition. Additionally, the bolt features dual cocking cams for ease of operation and toolless disassembly for maintenance.“
Carbon Fiber Stock – Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint
The next most prominent feature in the NEW Model 2020 Waypoint from Springfield Armory is their employment of Carbon Fiber Stocks. They collaborated with AG Composites, a premium manufacturer of carbon fiber stocks, to reduce weight and allow for a custom pillar-bedded relationship between their Model 2020 action and these new carbon fiber stocks.
“Springfield Armory® worked with AG Composites to develop the rifle’s premium line of carbon fiber stocks. When weight matters, carbon fiber’s exceptional capabilities make it the only choice. Each stock is hand-layed, made from 100% carbon fiber and pillar bedded for perfect marriage to the action. With a weight as low as 6 lbs. 9 oz., the Waypoint and its carbon fiber stock strike the perfect balance between rock-solid strength and mobility.“
Accuracy + Lock Time – Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint
The Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint has curb appeal from a block away, but that would all be for not if it cannot shoot, right? It is like an attractive sportscar that is not fast and does not run – if it cannot do those things then what is the point? Well, the Model 2020 Waypoint has a 0.75 MOA (Minute of Angle) Accuracy Guarantee out-of-the-box. Simply use match-grade factory ammunition and Springfield guarantees this rifle can shoot. What helps ensure this accuracy is also the lightning-fast lock time. That is explained in greater detail below.
“Lock time is the time it takes from the break of the trigger until the firing pin strikes the primer. The Model 2020 delivers primer strike in just 1.9 milliseconds, up to 45 percent faster than the competition. Faster lock time means less deviation from your point of aim due to movement during the shot – so when your heart is racing, so is your rifle.“
Triggered – Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint
While the basis for all accuracy lives and dies upon the shoulders of the shooter holding the rifle, a nice trigger definitely can help those efforts. That is why it is pleasing to see such a quality trigger like the TriggerTech one deployed in the Model 2020 Waypoint. It is user-adjustable from 2 ½ – 5 Lbs so you can hand choose the pull weight that is most comfortable for you to pull off repeated successful shots.
The final question likely plaguing everyone’s mind is how much are these going to cost?… Well, taking into consideration the specifications and quality laid out before us from Springfield Armory they punch in at a moderate price-point. They start at $1,699 and top out at $2,399 depending on the tier of Model 2020 Waypoint you choose. You also have your choice of 4 of the shooting community’s most popular target/long-range hunting cartridges in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge), and .308 Winchester.
The final question that remains as always is what do you think? There are a lot of good-quality bolt-action rifles already out on the market today, but the new Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint is extremely intriguing. Could it usurp some of the current industry stalwarts and solidify itself as a leader in the field? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.